Forest Project Summer Collaborative interns Dyaami and General, part of the crew working in the southern tip of the Herbert & Hyonja Abrons Woodland at Wave Hill, report on week two of the internship.
Greetings from Wave Hill!! Welcome to a small portion of our daily life here in the Woodland. Each of the four Forest Project crews has a name, and we decided on the Terminating Platanos. Our crew leader is the spirited Cynthia; she keeps us in line and on task throughout the day. Then there is General and Dyaami—us, today’s blog authors, on the far right and fourth from left in the photo below—who are attending college in the fall and participate in the summer GIS program at Lehman College. The last portion of our group, and we daresay the best, is made up of four Environmental Science students whose names are Rebecca, Tiffany, Jordan and Michael.
Our site is located at the southernmost point of Wave Hill, near the buzzing bees. The daily journey consists of trekking through what our crew lovingly calls “The Jungle”, filled with rocky hills, winding paths and of course never-ending references to the Hunger Games. As we make our way to our site, we joke around and sing with each other and talk about our classes and weekends, which makes the trip much more pleasant. Sometimes, Jordan and Michael will even throw in political debates on healthcare.
When we get to our site, we take a few minutes to think about where to begin our work; our site is large and full of invasive plants. Once we figure out our game plan, we spread out and dive into the Jungle. For example, this past Tuesday we spent a few hours searching for saplings and tagging them with yellow tape. After removing some Siberian Elm, we made mulch doughnuts around their trunks and watered them. Although it takes a while to find the saplings and care for them, our crew finds it rewarding to free the young trees from plants that can harm them.
At the end of the day, our group goes back to home base at the Riverdale Country School with soil-ridden clothes, plant parts in our hair and smiles on our faces. As a result of all the field work, we also learn plant names and how to identify them. And we know that we worked hard and contributed towards the restoration of Wave Hill.